N’Djamena — American Ambassador James Knight presided over a signing ceremony at the U.S. Embassy September 4 at which five Chadian non-government associations and groups received financial grants totaling nearly 25,000,000 CFA ($50,000). The embassy grants will enable the recipients to purchase tools and materials needed to promote fish farming and increase sales in the regions of East Mayo-Kebbi and Chari Baguirmi, to enclose a training center for the deaf in Lai, and to construct or expand market gardens for women and special needs children in Toukra and Amkhalbat.
The five Chadian community grant recipients are: the Association to Promote Social and Economic Development in Djoumane, the Lai Center for the Deaf, the Rural Development Confederation of Ngara, the Toukra Special Education Center, and the Amkhalbat Obonte Zinakte Group.
Ambassador Knight congratulated the grantees for their dedication and commitment to improving the daily lives of their neighbors, noting their proposals were the best out of hundreds received: “The American embassy gets more than three hundred requests a year from Chadian groups and institutions for financial support, two thirds of them from small community and rural associations like yours. Budget limitations and realities force us to make very hard choices in selecting those projects we can support and deem best. Congratulations, we chose your proposals this year.”
NGO leaders expressed their thanks to the American government and people not only for the financial assistance now provided them through the Self-Help program, but also for the great moral support that these awards represent. “As social entrepreneurs working to improve our communities, we greatly appreciate your support and look forward to a long term partnership with the U.S. Embassy.”